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Nature’s Morning Symphony

It’s morning in a Virginia mountain forest. I’m awake at 6 a.m. listening to the sounds outside my tent. Melodic trills. Whining whistles. Urgent notes increasing from loud to piercing. Hollow pecking. Raucous scolding calls. Buzzing that whooshes past my ear. One propeller in the distance. I can just barely make out the hum of cars on a highway. Sharp Percussive hits rustle leaves on the forest floor. These sounds I recognize. I greet the birds by name whose voices are familiar. I rejoice that i didn’t set up my tarp under the tree that’s dropping nuts. I drift back into half sleep.

And then theres a stomping sound. It startles me. I sit up. What’s that? I lift the bottom edge of my tarp and look out. 20 yards away I make out a movement. My eyes sort out a rusty brown shape . Long thin legs lift up then beat the ground. I discern a head lowering then snapping up. Its a deer! And its regarding ME – or at least the unrecognized and threatening shape of my tarp. It makes sense that a blue and yellow triangle would not be in the memory base of a young deer.

My head is out. We look at each other. I don’t budge. The deer stomps her warning rhythm six or eight more times, then shakes her head and snorts a sneezing barking sound. I don’t leave. She does; hooves pounding out a last percussive phrase through the trees.

I want front row seats for more of this Morning Awakening symphony ! I pull my mat and sleeping bag out the door of my tarp and sit watching and listening, my senses bathed and nourished in Nature’s living art gallery

My Umbrella: A Room with a View

I Love My Gear!

My Umbrella is a Rainy Day Room With a View

Yesterday, I walked on Cold Mountain, VA, in a cloud. Rain drizzled down and visibility was

"My Room with a View"

about 20 feet. Yet, I was enjoying the walk, the view, and a visit to this magical place of beauty.  As I walked, I realized that my umbrella played a big part in my ability to embrace this moment in comfort  and joy.

When I first started backpacking, I thought that an umbrella would be about the dumbest thing I could bring.  Wouldn’t it get caught in branches along the trail?, I thought.  An umbrella is fragile and awkward! Umbrellas are for city streets, not trails!  It’s just not right! An umbrella is bulky and hard to pack. My list of reasons to leave the umbrella at home was long.

Four years later, I’d walked the entire Appalachian Trail in plenty of rain, snow, and sun all without an umbrella.  I’d walked along perfectly well with my poncho that covered me and my pack.  My AT hiking partner even used an umbrella, but I wouldn’t cave in.  Umbrellas were simply NOT for backpacking!

Fast forward to mile 4,479 of my backpacking career and I’m holding –an umbrella!  And I’m loving it!

Snow was falling all around me in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State and I had the feeling of being in a cozy room of my own with a beautiful view on a wondrous world.  My upper body was dry.  My hands were dry. My glasses were clear. A new world had opened before me. My initiation into the community of Umbrella Backpackers was complete.  “Umbrella” was permanently on my packing list.

Here’s what I like about my umbrella on the trail:

  • It’s lightweight rain gear
  • It’s easy to pack
  • It’s quick to pull out and put away
  • It’s easy to replace when lost or broken
  • It’s a good conversation starter
  • It’s a windbreak for my outdoor kitchen
  • It’s great for night-time toilet runs

 

It’s still true that an umbrella doesn’t work well in wind, so I still carry a poncho that doubles as a ground cloth.  However, an umbrella can be turned against a light wind to create a wall to driving rain.  If wind and rain are too heavy for my umbrella, however, that’s a good sign for me to get out of the weather and head for a shelter or set up my tarp and go inside.

Now I’m an umbrella advocate and I invite you to consider packing one for your next walk.

 

What do you think?  Let me know by commenting below!

 

Just Keep Walking

Just Keep Walking

By Regina

 

Walking balances me.  Walking energizes me.

Walking calms me.  Walking centers me.

Walking clears my mind of busy-ness.

Walking grounds me.

Walking strengthens me.

Walking renews my connection with Spirit

and opens me to the unlimited creative source of the Universe.

I am blessed by walking, in walking, through walking.

 

And so I walk.

 

I walk.

 

I walk.


Mingus Creek poetry

Standing next to a rushing stream in the Great Smoky Mountains Park I jotted down a poem in a “diamont” style. Nature calls me to observe her constancy amid my sanguinity.

Mingus trail stream
White rushing
Flowing unaware alluringly
Beckoning me to wilderness
Free purposeful refreshing
Journey’ s inspiration
Constancy

The Art of Living

Master in the Art of Living

 The master in the art of living draws no distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion.

He hardly knows which is which.

He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves it to others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he is always doing both.

Susan Fowler Woodring

Hiking Lifestyle is this! I’ve been on a journey for the past four years to craft a life like this! Peeling away what doesn’t fit, shaping and molding the parts of my lifestyle that DO work, and constantly learning.

Last night, I was sitting at the registration table at Landmark Education, saying to my colleague, “It’s been a full day!  This morning, I started the day on Springer Mountain, and now I’m finishing up by registering people in the Landmark Forum.”  What I realized in that moment is that I AM crafting a life of striving to express my own passionate life, vibrant and joyous, and concurrently supporting others to do what’s most passionate to them.

What if everyone felt free to pursue their dream?

What’s yours?

In joy,

Regina

 

Walking Into Your Dream

MY dream is to help at least 22 women walk the Appalachian Trail within the next five years!  I’m doing this through coaching, walking, and guiding.

Are YOU a woman over 50 who has dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail and not achieved it yet?  You have excuses and blocks like:

  • A disagreeable spouse, friend, or family
  • No window of time to do it
  • Not enough money
  • Inadequate physical strength or stamina
  • Not enough of the right kind of information
  • Fears, doubts, anxieties
  • No one to do it with
  • And more!

Join me, Regina Reiter, and walk into YOUR dream!

I offer:

  • Coaching TO the journey – clearing your life to walk!
  • Coaching to the TRAIL – teaching the logistics of gear and itinerary
  • Supporting you ON the trail – coaching/guiding with emotional support and group hiking.

Call today for a FREE consultation:

 FREE “I Can Hike the Appalachian Trail” Strategy Session

with Regina “MssngLnk” Reiter
5,000+ mile thru-hiker after age 50. 

In this session you will:

1.Get clear about why the Appalachian Trail calls you and won’t stop.

2.Find out the essential steps for clearing your life to start your thru-hike.

3.Discover the #1 thing stopping you from accomplishing your thru-hike.

4.Identify the most powerful actions that will get YOU on the trail.

5.Complete the consultation with the excitement of knowing EXACTLY what to do next to launch your thru-hike.

 

Don’t wait! The 2012 Thru-hiking season is just around the corner.

Call or email today to secure your appointment: 678.938.2075

OR  regina@forgivenesswalks.com

 

Walk…….. into your dreams!

 

Walk into Your Dream

 

FREE “I Can Hike the Appalachian Trail” Strategy Session

with Regina “MssngLnk” Reiter, 5,000+ mile thru-hiker after age 50.

 

In this session you will:

1.Get clear about why the Appalachian Trail calls you and won’t stop.

2.Find out the essential steps for clearing your life to start your thru-hike.

3.Discover the #1 thing stopping you from accomplishing your thru-hike.

4.Identify the most powerful actions that will get YOU on the trail.

5.Complete the consultation with the excitement of knowing EXACTLY what to do next to launch your thru-hike.

 

Don’t wait! The 2012 Thru-hiking season is just around the corner.

Call or email today to secure your appointment: 678.938.2075 ORregina@forgivenesswalks.com

 

Walk…….. into your dreams!